A YOUNG mum died after allegedly being told she was too young for bowel cancer – which doctors ‘dismissed as IBS and Coeliac disease’.
Perth mum-of-three Nicole Yarran was just 32 when she died in August last year after being diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer on Christmas Eve 2015.
The deadly disease was only revealed when gynaecologists discovered eight golf ball-sized tumours on her liver during a routine pregnancy ultrasound when she was pregnant.
Now Nicole’s mum Kathy Narrier, has spoken out to claim medical professionals let her daughter down.
Kathy, 51, from Perth, said: “Nicole had faith in the doctors and they let her down.
“Nicole saw a doctor with all these symptoms but they didn’t perform any simple tests which could have saved her life such as collecting a stool sample, doing a colonoscopy or giving her a blood test.
“Instead, she was just told she was suffering from irritable bowel syndrome and prescribed her with medication to treat a non-existent condition.
“All the while the cancer continued to spread through her body, slowly killing her.
“So many people have the attitude that doctors know best but that’s not always the case.
“Just because the statistics state that Nicole was unlikely to get bowel cancer, it should never had been ruled out completely.
“Cancer does not discriminate with age, nationality or gender. If it’s going to hit you it will.”
Kathy claims Nicole first visited a doctor in early 2015 suffering from rectal bleeding, bloodied stools, bloating, constipation, diarrhoea, lethargy and unexplained weight loss.
But she alleges when her daughter spoke to doctors about her concerns she was told she was ‘far too young’ to have bowel cancer and was not offered a colonoscopy or blood test.
When Nicole’s cancer was discovered, it was so advanced it had already spread from her bowel to the rest of her body.
The multiple tumours on her liver were pushing on her lungs and spinal cord, Kathy said, inflicting her daughter with months of crippling back pain and unexplained breathlessness she claims doctors also dismissed.
Two days after receiving the devastating diagnosis, pregnant Nicole flew down to Perth from the mid-west to start treatment.
But she could not begin chemotherapy until after giving birth to her third son Alavi, now 23 months, in January 2016.
And tragically Nicole, who was also mum to daughters Alkere, 10, and Aaylah, five, lost her battle with bowel cancer on August 29 last year.
Grieving mum Kathy released the shocking images of Nicole pictured two days before she died to raise awareness of bowel cancer and the need for everyone to listen to their own bodies and question their bodies if something isn’t right.
She said: “Nicole didn’t run from cancer, she embraced it and fought it with everything she had.
“I’ll never forget going to see her two days before she passed, it was my birthday and she looked absolutely nothing like my daughter.
“The photos show how fast this terrible disease can take hold. It was devastating to see and the transformation in just two months was frightening.
“The cancer had completely ravaged her. It was horrific to see my baby like that.”
Nicole’s doctors declined to comment.
Professor Sanchia Aranda, CEO of Cancer Council Australia, said: “Bowel cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women in Australia, but is more common in people over the age of 50.
“However, bowel cancer can happen at any age, so if you notice a change in bowel habit with diarrhea, constipation or the feeling of incomplete emptying, blood in the stools, abdominal pain, bloating or cramping, weight loss or fatigue, it’s important that you that you see your doctor straight away.
“If you still aren’t reassured after speaking to your doctor, then you might consider seeking a second opinion.”
To donate to Nicole’s legacy go to https://www.gofundme.com/nicole-yarrans-legacy